Sally Gutierrez - Director, Environmental Innovation Clusters Program, Environmental Protection Agency
“Water Technology Priorities for the Future: A Call to Action for Universities, Industry and Government to Find Solutions”
Sally Gutierrez is the Director of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program within the Office of Research and Development (ORD). This new effort seeks to advance environmental protection in tandem with economic development through the formation of public private partnerships. She has been leading EPA's efforts to leverage its research and development capability in Cincinnati, Ohio with community based assets to establish the region as a water technology innovation hub and is leading an effort to network water innovation clusters across the U.S.
Prior to this appointment, she was the Director of the National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) in Cincinnati, Ohio for 8 years.
Jim Woodell, Ph.D., Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, Association of Public and Land Grant Universities
“New University and Industry Initiatives in the Water Sector: Strategies for Making a Difference”
Dr. Woodell works closely with member institutions to develop tools and resources to enhance their regional engagement and economic development efforts. He serves as the lead for APLU's Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity (CICEP), and also the Association's Council on Engagement and Outreach (CEO), advancing APLU's economic and community engagement agenda. He is an expert on how institutions respond to regional, state, and federal economic and research policy with initiatives in innovation, technology transfer, and economic, community, and workforce development. Prior to joining APLU, Woodell served as Assistant Director for Transformative Regional Engagement (TRE) Networks, focused on bringing together business, government, universities, and non-profits for innovation-driven regional development.
- Join the discussion, as we focus on:
- A look at sources of today’s and future threats that will drive change
- Game-changing university technologies in the areas of water purification, remediation and other major societal water problems
- Industry needs and perspectives powering change
- Translating major challenges into opportunity through university-industry-government collaboration
Showcase Information: February 16
The conference will begin with the OVALS University Water Technologies—Solutions Showcase: Thursday, February 16. Eligible students, faculty and staff from the OVALS members will present their technology via table/poster to the water community and be judged by a group of local water industry representatives and entrepreneurs.
This year’s Technology Showcase will feature the inaugural class from the Pipeline H2O Water Technology Accelerator. This group of 8 companies was selected from 66 applicants from 5 continents. Come and hear about their exciting technologies and help select the winner of the technology competition.
Click here for the Application.